About Paris - the City of Lovers

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The metropolis on the Seine is home to 2.3 million residents and radiates charm and vitality, for which reason Paris also bears the nickname ‘City of Lovers’. The city grew from the Celtic settlement of Lutetia, which once flourished on the island in the Seine. Anyone who would like to get an overview of the city today will not pass up the view from the famous Eiffel Tower. The impressive metal structure was built for the International Exposition of 1889 . Perhaps the best-known Parisian square is the Place de la Concorde. The center is dominated by an obelisk whose counterpart is found in Egypt. On the eastern side, we find the green lungs of the city center in the Jardin des Tuileries. On the western side of the square, the magnificent boulevard Champs-Elysées begins.

Above the roofs of Paris towers the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. The residents of Paris love and admire the deep sound of the bells of their Notre Dame. The church disposes among other spiritual highlights the famous rose window and proudly keeps the largest organ of France. Flights of stairs and a cable car take one to the top of the hill of Montmartre. Here the domed Sacré Coeur church stands out as perhaps the most beautiful religious building in Paris. Some of Europe’s most important artistic treasures can be seen in the Louvre. Families with children will want to visit Euro-Disneyland.

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Disneyland Paris
Families that visit Paris with children will not want to pass up Disneyland. Located on the extensive grounds are besides the world's most famous amusement park, a film studio, golf course, and as well hotels and restaurants. In Adventureland visitors can follow the trail of adventurers like Indiana Jones, or in Fantasyland they can enter the fairytale world of Sleeping Beauty and co. The sheer number of attractions makes it impossible to enjoy everything in a single day. The park is located about 32 kilometers from Paris.

Eiffel Tower
Who doesn't know the Eiffel Tower, the unchallenged trademark of the French capital? Built as a viewing tower for the 1889 International Exposition, with its 324 meters it was for a time the tallest building in the world. Visitors can climb the 1665 steps to the Tower's first two platforms and enjoy a wonderful view of the city. One reaches the top floor only by elevator, however. The Eifel Tower is located close to the Seine and the public garden Champ de Mars, in which open air concerts are often held.

Sacré Coeur
In gleeming white, the Basilica Sacré Coeur rules from the famous hill of Montmatre. The Roman Catholic pilgrimage church was designed and built in the nineteenth century by the architect Paul Abadie. The 222 steps that lead to the church offer a magnificent view of the city and are a popular place to take a break from strenuous sightseeing. In the interior of the church one finds one of the largest mosaics in the world, that portrays the life of Christ with 475 m². After that, visitors should definitely wander through the narrow alleys of the picturesque artists quarter of Montmatre and enjoy its flair

One of the best-known boulevards in the world is the Champs-Élysées in Paris' 8th arrondissement. It extends over almost 2000 meters from the Place de la Concorde to the Place de Charles de Gaulle. The elegant boulevard is part of the visual axis which leads across the city center from the Louvre to the Grande Arche in La Défense. Many exclusive international fashion shops and franchise outlets line the street side-by-side. The Grand Palais was built especially for the 1900 International Exposition and today houses exhibitions from public museums.

The former royal palace of Paris with its famous glass pyramids is located on the right bank of the Seine. Most people understand the Louvre as a museum that with its 10 million annual visitors is the most-visited museum in the world. Anyone who wants to see the world-famous Mona Lisa should set aside enough time. But as well the other 35,000 exhibits challenge the visitor's endurance. But they should not miss the unique collections of Greek, Oriental and Islamic art.

Notre Dame
Right in the historical city center stands the Cathedral of Notre Dame on the Ile de la Cité. The construction phase, completed in 1345, lasted over two centuries. Believe it or not, there is space for 10,000 people in the 130 meter long church. On the facade outside one finds the famous grotesques, which legend has it were created to scare away ghosts. Victor Hugo was one of many to describe the Cathedral's beauty, as we can see in his novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Ascend the two towers, which provide a wonderful view of the city.

Moulin Rouge
Probably the best known Varieté in Paris is the Moulin Rouge in the artists quarter of Montmartre. The name is reflected in the large red windmill on the roof of the theater, which opened its doors in 1889. Originally the Moulin Rouge was a venue for balls, but later above all dance revues and operettas were performed there. As well the installation of an aquarium, in which nude dancers performed, added to the theater's fame. Not least of all the film of the same name gave the Moulin Rouge renown in the new millenium.

Palace of Versailles
No less a personnage than the Sun King Louis XIV ordered the transformation of the originally modest hunting lodge of Versailles into the most magnificent palace in all of France. More than 2000 rooms and over 67,000 m² of living space were available for the rulers. Today the palace and its wonderful gardens and numerous fountains can be visited by the public. The most famous room is the pompous Hall of Mirrors, which was was built to demonstrate the King's total sovereignty. But as well the living quarters of the royal couple are accessible to visitors..

Centre Pompidou
The Centre Pompidou is the art and culture center of the city and was realized through the efforts of former President Georges Pompidou. It houses a museum of modern art from the twentieth century on, a center for industrial design, as well as an extensive library. A music research center, movie theater, performing theater and lecture halls round out its offerings. Worth a visit are not only the exhibitions inside: Particularly the exterior architecture of star architect Renzo Piano with its brightly colored pipe constructions attracts all eyes.

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